September 6, 2010

Meet the Cast of 'The Amazing Race' Season 17

Amazing Race 17 Cast

One of my favorite television shows is returning on Sunday, September 26 at 8:30pm on CBS and I'm so excited to check out the latest contestants on The Amazing Race.

Season 17's crop of racers ranges from the typical -- best friends and couples -- to more the unique -- home shopping hosts and a mother who gave her now-reunited daughter up for adoption. Take a closer look at the the 11 teams who will race around the world for $1 million.

Chad and Stephanie

Dating Couple

Chad Waltrip: Operations Manager, 26, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Stephanie Smith: Hair Stylist, 23, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Jill and Thomas

Dating Couple

Jill Haney: Hair Stylist, 27, from Marina Del Ray, California

Thomas Wolfard: Ad Sales Director, 30, from Marina Del Ray, California

Nick and Vicki

Dating Couple

Nick DeCarlo: Bartender, 26, from Henderson, Nevada

Vicki Casciola: Hair Stylist, 26, from Henderson, Nevada

Andie and Jenna

Mother and Daughter

Andie DeKroon: Stay-at-Home Mom, 43, from Atlanta, Georgia

Jenna Sykes: Student (University of Georgia), 21, from Athens, Georgia

Gary and Mallory

Father and Daughter

Gary Ervin: Entrepreneur, 53, from Morganfield, Kentucky

Mallory Ervin: Miss Kentucky 2009, 24, from Lexington, Kentucky

Michael and Kevin

Father and Son

Michael Wu: Software Consultant and Content Creator, 58, from Sugar Land, Texas

Kevin Wu: Student/Internet Entertainer, 20, from Sugar Land, Texas

Katie and Rachel

Beach Volleyball Partners

Katie Seamon: Beach Volleyball Player, 23, from Rahway, New Jersey

Rachel Johnston: Beach Volleyball Player, 24, from Moorestown, New Jersey

Brook and Claire

Home Shopping Hosts

Brook Roberts: Home Shopping Host, 27, from San Diego, California

Claire Champlin: Home Shopping Host, 30, from Reno, Nevada

Connor and Jonathan

College Students

Connor Diemand-Yauman: Student (Princeton), 22, from Chesterland, Ohio

Jonathan Schwartz: Student (Princeton), 22, from Cranford, New Jersey

Ron and Tony

Best Friends

Ron Kellum: Director/Choreographer, 46, from Los Angeles, California

Tony Stovall: Doctoral Student (University of Arizona), 42, from Tucson, Arizona

Nat and Kat

Best Friends

Nat Strand: Doctor, 31, from Scottsdale, Arizona

Kat Chang: Doctor, 35, from Santa Monica, California

Looks like a fun season ahead! You can watch individual team interview videos on and click around to learn more about the contestants. Season 17 of The Amazing Race premieres on Sunday, September 26 at 8:30pm on CBS